Recreation & Parks News

The city's summer aquatics program gets underway at the end of May when Bolton and Kimberley Park pools and Winston Waterworks aquatics park open for the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. Bolton will be open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Winston Waterworks and Kimberley Park will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

Bolton will open daily for the summer starting June 1. Kimberley Park and Long Creek pools and Winston Waterworks will be open the weekend of June 1-2. All pools except Parkland and Polo will be open the weekend of June 8-9, and will all open daily starting June 12. Parkland and Polo are not expected to open until construction concludes. The Polo Park splashpad will open Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Upon the completion of construction Polo Pool will open, the splashpad will operate according to the pool schedule. 

All pools except Winston Waterworks will offer free children's swim lessons starting June 12. Sign-ups will be June 8 at 10 a.m. at each pool. Additional sessions of children’s swim lessons will start July 9 and July 22. Sign-ups are on July 6 and 20 at 10 a.m. 

This year, Bolton pool will offer a parent/child swim program for children 4 and up for parents who want to learn to teach their own children how to swim. Polo Pool will also offer this program once it opens.

Free adult swim lessons start June 15 at Kimberley Park. Polo will offer adult swim lessons once it opens. The Babes in Arms program for parents and children six months to three years will be held Saturdays at Winston Waterworks. Contact the pool you want to attend the week before to preregister.

Non-swimmers less than 48 inches tall will be required to wear life jackets in the pools. Life jackets are not required in the water play areas at Bolton and Kimberley Park pools and Winston Waterworks. 

The city will provide life jackets. Patrons may bring their own life jackets if the life jackets have a stamp indicating that they are Coast Guard approved and pass inspection from the lifeguards.

Children less than 48 inches tall will be asked to take a swim test when they arrive at the pool. If they pass the test, they will receive a green wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool. If they do not pass the test they will receive a red wrist band and a life jacket. They can go in the shallow end of the pool up to 3.5 feet.

The swim test consists of treading water for a minute and swimming 25 yards without touching the bottom. As the staff at a particular pool gets to know the children who attend often, lifeguards may issue green wrist bands to children who they know can swim, without administering a swim test.

Patrons over 48 inches tall will be required to take a swim test if lifeguards observe that they may be poor or non-swimmers. Those who do not pass the test will be issued a life jacket and a yellow wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool except the deep end for the diving boards. Any patron who refuses to take a swim test will have to leave the pool grounds. 

Swimmers with red or yellow wrist bands who are caught in the wrong section of the pool will be asked to sit out for 15 minutes. If they are caught a second time, they will have to leave the pool.

All children attending a pool as a day-care or summer-camp activity will be required to take swim tests and follow the wrist-band policy.

Complete information about the aquatics program, pool calendars and hours, and dates for swim lessons is available at www.WePLAY.ws. For more information call CityLink 311.

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